Brie Miranda Bryant

You have Bryant to thank for the monumental “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against the R&B superstar. She spearheaded the critically acclaimed docuseries, which was seen by nearly 27 million viewers and sparked a worldwide conversation. After it aired, Kelly’s record label dropped him and he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. This year, she brought us the follow-up, “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning,” which has been seen by more than 10 million. Bryant received a 2020 Peabody for her work and the series won a Critics Choice Award for Outstanding Documentary Series. She’s back at it, overseeing production of the highly anticipated Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown doc set to debut on Lifetime next year. COVID has certainly changed the production process across the board, but it’s not all bad. “You don’t have to take a flight to be present in production anymore. We are on set making real time decisions with our producers from our phones now,” Bryant says. “So does that save on T&E budgets? Absolutely. But I think it is has also been really effective with our creative.”

What is one of your proudest moments during the pandemic? I picked up a few new gigs. I’m now also a full-time teacher, caretaker, housekeeper, chef. To all the working parents out there surviving this pandemic—kudos and Amen!

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